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Dear Boston Globe

Sometimes you just have to laugh at the pathetic nature of a liberal media outlet. In this case, the Boston Globe.

They create an Onion-style front page that in fact is reflective exactly of both liberal hysteria and the bald hypocrisy that infects the left on a massive scale. The whole purpose of the satirical “Trump” front page apparently was to get people to read this editorial with the breathless, pleading headline:

The GOP must stop Trump

And why? This editorial is so rich it deserves an answer. So, letter to the editor style, allow me:

Dear Boston Globe editors:

Wow! What an amazing front page. Where to begin?

Let’s start with the editorial you wanted all of us not in the Ruling Class to read. You have given your readers so much to work with, but let’s start with that faux headline:

President Trump calls for tripling of ICE force; riots continue

Says your editorial of this imagining: 

It is easy to find historical antecedents. The rise of demagogic strongmen is an all too common phenomenon on our small planet. And what marks each of those dark episodes is a failure to fathom where a leader’s vision leads, to carry rhetoric to its logical conclusion. The satirical front page of this section attempts to do just that, to envision what America looks like with Trump in the White House.


Your paper, of course, was once owned by the New York Times. And while the Times was finally forced to give up the ghost on the failing Globe a few years back, it still amazes that the Globe editors have the audacity to pretend to one very important fact when it comes to deportation. That fact? The New York Times was once very much a fan of deporting illegals, repeatedly giving President Dwight Eisenhower’s now-politically incorrectly named “Operation Wetback” massive positive PR. In fact, a round-up and deportation of illegals began in the Truman administration — and the Times loved it.

The Times was so outraged by the presence of illegals in the U.S. it began a series on what the paper called the “wetback traffic.” The Times series launched a congressional investigation into the issue, which in turn launched vociferous complaints about the “wetbacks” from the American Federation of Labor and what the paper called “other groups” in a May 27, 1951 article. 

By February of 1952, as the presidential campaign of that year was gathering steam, the Times was starting to foam. Sample headlines?

February 11, 1952:

‘Wetback’ Invasion Is Broadening Despite All U. S. Counter-Moves: Arrests Last Year Totaled 518,000, Showing Vast Rise in Influx — Meanwhile, Laws and New Treaty With Mexico Wait

March 28, 1951:

SOUTHWEST WINKS AT ‘WETBACK’ JOBS: Ethics Cast Aside as Growers Accept Peonage Idea and Bridle at Interference FEDERAL SANCTION NOTED Border Patrol Officers Report Pressures From Washington to ‘Go Easy’ in Raids “Gestapo” Tactics Charged Social Security Cards Issued “Wetbacks” Linked to Crime Southwest Winks at ‘Wetbacks’; U.S. Sanction for Peonage Noted Arrest Trends Analyzed Agreement Called a Travesty Cross Border in Ritual

June 13, 1952:

WETBACK’ OUSTING BY AIRLIFT REVIVED: Action by Congress Remedies Shortage of Funds — Pact With Mexico Extended

August 8, 1953:

[Note: Herbert Brownell was Dwight Eisenhower’s Attorney General).

June 20, 1954:

WETBACK’ STREAM STEMMED IN PART: Federal Men Think They Have Border-Jumping in Hand by Patrol System

July 5, 1954:

WETBACK’ PURGE TO SHIFT TO TEXAS: California Sector Considered Fairly Well Cleaned Up — 55,000 Seized in June

And on… and on… went the former owner of the Boston Globe about the illegal immigrant peril in the 1950s. There was, that I can find, no reference to Dwight D. Eisenhower as, in the Globe’s description of Trump, one more example of “demagogic strongmen.” Were Globe editorialists so alarmed years ago about being purchased by the cheerleading paper for Operation Wetback that they resigned en masse? Can they point to a single Globe editorial that excoriates Dwight D. Eisenhower because he was the president whose “vision of America promises to be as appalling in real life as it is in black and white on the page”? 


But let’s move on from illegal immigration.

Here’s the Globe saying this of Trump: “He winks and nods at political violence at his rallies.” Recall this from President Obama to ABC News on Occupy Wall Street? In which the President purred approvingly, “The most important thing we can do right now is those of us in leadership letting people know that we understand their struggles and we are on their side…”

You recall Occupy Wall Street, yes? As seen here on ABC News there is the President saying this. But what of this? Here is OWS in Seattle smashing windows and rampaging through the downtown section. Here is OWS trashing Oakland, California in yet another violent outburst from the perpetually violent left. And the outrage from the Boston Globe demanding that the Democratic Party “must stop Obama” because a sitting President of the United States is, to borrow from the Globe on Trump, engaging in “winks and nods at political violence”? There is no outrage from the Globe. None.

Then there is the concern about Trump’s “hostility to criticism” from the media. You mean like when President John F. Kennedy canceled the White House subscription to the GOP-leaning New York Herald Tribune? Or when the Obama White House refused to acknowledge Fox News as a legitimate news organization but rather called it “almost as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party” and said, via the White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel that Fox “is not a news organization.” Your paper endorsed both JFK and Obama but apparently intimidation of the press is A-OK if, of course, the president is a liberal.

Your paper speaks of “a candidate spewing anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, authoritarian rhetoric” knowing full well Trump is not “anti-immigrant” but “anti-illegal immigrant.” He is not “anti-Muslim” — but rather insists on a clear-eyed focus on radical Islam, whose adherents are regularly killing innocents all over the world. And as to authoritarian rhetoric? This from a paper who endorsed a candidate whose idea of democracy is “I have a pen”? 

All of this, of course, comes against a background of an American Left that has in one way or another spent decades condoning violence and racism for political profit. From the Ku Klux Klan to Occupy Wall Street not to mention those long ago Weathermen, SDS’ers, and yes, today, the militant — not to mention racist — threats of violence from Black Lives Matters, the American Left, which the Boston Globe proudly represents, is exactly the reality that the Globe editorial pretends to see in Donald Trump — while ignoring its own quite vivid political reality. A reality that is so removed from average Bostonians that the Times — they the champions of Ike’s Operation Wetback — finally had to sell the Globe by taking a 95% loss on their investment. 

So. Thanks for your latest effort, Globe editorialists. Truly. In terms of hypocrisy, deliberate misrepresentation and utter foolishness you have made everyone outside of your editorial offices understand exactly why your paper was such a bad investment.

Hasta la vista.

Jeffrey Lord
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Jeffrey Lord, a contributing editor to The American Spectator, is a former aide to Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. An author and former CNN commentator, he writes from Pennsylvania at His new book, Swamp Wars: Donald Trump and The New American Populism vs. The Old Order, is now out from Bombardier Books.
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